If you don't need a TV licence, should you remove any TV aerials or satellite dishes affixed to the outside of your property?
It's a hot topic of discussion and one that surfaces quite regularly.
A TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is installed or used to receive TV programmes at the time they are broadcast to the wider public. Anyone who doesn't legally need a TV licence, is under no obligation at all to prove their compliance with legislation to TV Licensing. Indeed anyone who doesn't legally need a TV licence should give TV Licensing the widest berth possible, by totally ignoring its letters and refusing entry to any goons that call.
In our opinion, no-one should bullied into removing a TV aerial or satellite dish affixed to the outside of their property. No-one should face the unnecessary stress, inconvenience or expense of having to dampen the sordid and thoroughly unfounded suspicions of TV Licensing.
The presence of a TV aerial or satellite dish in no way confirms unlicensed TV reception within a property. The aerial or dish in question may have been inherited from the previous occupier, or they may be used for a perfectly legitimate non-licensable purpose (like listening to digital radio).
It is a damning reflection of the TV Licensing mentality, that any property with a visible TV aerial or satellite dish may become the focus of closer goon scrutiny. We'd encourage the occupier to stay strong and remember that TV Licensing's bull and bluster is totally meaningless.
TV Licensing should not be trusted. It has no business whatsoever with the legally-licence-free and should be ignored at every opportunity.
Anyone making the mistake of trying to reason with TV Licensing does so at their peril.
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